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Our 2019 'Conservation Mission'

Great Forest National Park

Experience the wild that needs our protection &

rediscover the healing of the ancients…

Great Forest National Park, Conservation Retreat

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Email us at hello@belindachristie.com

& we'll connect you with like-hearted wild humans in your area so you can

travel mindfully!

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Volunteer or donate?

Yes please! We need the help of some

kind-hearted humans to support our conservation mission!

Some ideas include...

Set up + pack up

Videography + photography

Donations of plant-based snacks + drinks

Volunteer or donate here!

Wirrawilla Forest, Great Forest National Park

Toolangi State Forest

Join us for a very special 'Conservation Retreat' as we discover some of the most spectacular forests of Australia, and why, the campaign to create a Great Forest National Park is one of the most important conservation missions of 2019. Accompanied by a live tribal and world 'sound journey', we will draw on yoga, meditation, mindful hiking, seasonal bushfood and re-wilding practices, to rediscover ourselves in the wild. 

 

We begin our journey together through Lyrebird habitat lined with ancient ferns and Mountain Ash giants, meandering our way to the depths of the seemingly magical Wirrawilla; brimming with pure mountain streams and delicate mosses, where tall trees and deep fern gullies hum with life force energy. As our journey continues, we ground deeper together, and bear witness to a logging coupe. It is here we will rediscover the ancient healing available in the wild.

 

When: Saturday 1st June 2019, 9am-5pm

Where:​ Meet at Toolangi State Forest* 

*meeting place provided after registration + in your email confirmation

The hike: 8km (~3 hour hike). Graded Easy** (read below)

The yoga: Gentle restorative flow (beginners welcome)

 

100% of profits go to the Great Forest National Park campaign 

(the time of all teachers and administrators is also being donated)

Your investment includes:​

  • welcome chai + eco snacks from Loving Earth on arrival

  • LIVE 'sound journey' with multi-instrumentalist Mark Cedro

  • guided hike

  • restorative yoga practice

  • meditation, mindfulness + 're-wilding' classes

  • rest breaks (lunch not provided, BYO)

  • a holistic exploration of the proposed Great Forest National Park

  • time to explore a logging coupe^

  • your donation to the Great Forest National Park campaign

  • secret eco gift!

  • stunning views + good vibes + admittance to the Wild Tribe community

Plus! Optional guided visit to the Kalatha Giant Tree after the retreat

Guided by Dr Belinda Christie, Environmental Scientist + Yoga Teacher.

Investment options (sliding scale):

  • $130 - Sacred Kingfisher (discounted fee for those in financial need)

  • $140 - Wandering Albatross (pays for you)

  • $150 - Powerful Owl (supports others as well as yourself)

Wedge-Tailed Eagle Scholarships! We have a limited number of full scholarships to help support those in difficult circumstances get a little closer to the wild. Please only apply if you have sincere need.

For more information see our scholarships page.

** Please read - Easy hiking grade:

While this hike is along easy well-made sloping or flat trails, particularly after rain, parts of the track can be slippery, muddy, and require firm footing. Some step hills. Uneven surfaces will be present throughout (rocks, tree roots, etc). You can preview sections of the trail through 'My Story Highlights' here.

^ Depending on conditions on the day, the journey to view the logging coupe may be via foot, or via a 3 minute self-drive. The optional visit to the Kalatha Giant Tree after the retreat will require a 5 minute self-drive.

Note: This is not a "walk in the park" :) As with all hikes in wilderness areas, the walking trails will of course be unpaved (these are not suburban parks). As such, all hikes (including those categoried as 'easy') will have plentiful uneven ground, rough, slippery and undulating surfaces. This is the wild after all! If you have any concerns about the trail, or any injuries or illnesses which you'd like to discuss, please feel free to contact us (there is also a place to provide this info during online registration).

Images above with thanks to www.greatforestnationalpark.com.au

When we heal the earth,

we heal ourselves

 

John Orr

With wholehearted gratitude for country, spirit, and its people, throughout the lands on which we live, teach, and practice, we respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, their cultures, knowledge, and their continuing care for their country. We pay respect to their Elders past, present, and future. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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